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Siemens' Charger Locomotives Enter Testing

August 18, 2016

Last week the new Siemens' Charger locomotives began testing at the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado. Testing was conducted for maximum speed runs, acceleration, braking, as well as overall performance. These higher-speed, diesel electric locomotives are scheduled for delivery to customers in 7 different states over the next few years.

The Charger is designed for revenue operation at speeds of up to 125mph, capable of quick acceleration and ride smoother and quite than many of the locomotives they will be replacing. They have also met the EPA’s Tier 4 emission standards and contain crash energy management to enhance the structural safety of the carbody.

Siemens' is manufacturing these locomotives at their plant in Sacramento, CA and the main components are being produced in the U.S. They will be powering trains in Florida, Maryland, California, Washington, Michigan, Missouri and Illinois. We are especially excited to see the Charger locomotives begin operation in the Midwest in 2017.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week At MHSRA:

Executive Director Richard Harnish visited the testing facility for the new Siemen’s Charger Locomotives. You can view a video of the 125-mph run-by.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Charger Burning Up the Rails in Pueblo
”Siemens’ new higher-speed Charger diesel-electric passenger locomotive is undergoing a comprehensive testing program at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colo., prior to entry into revenue service in various U.S. locations.”

Metra Suspends Railcar RFP, Pursues Other Options
“Metra recently announced that due to changes in the availability of capital to fund its $2.4 billion modernization plan and promising new alternatives, the agency has temporarily suspended its current search for a vendor to build 367 new railcars.”

NYT Op-Ed: Build High-Speed Rail
“Rather than trying to make aircraft reduce carbon emissions, we should endeavor to replace all trips of 500 miles or less with high-speed rail. In 2015 there were 5.8 million flights in the United States, of which two million were under 500 miles.”

TX: Public Gets a Closer Look at Proposed HSR Link to San Antonio
“The Texas Department of Transportation held a public meeting Wednesday evening to share plans for a high-speed passenger train that could cross Texas, connecting to Mexico and to Oklahoma.”

Caltrain Signs Double-Deck EMU and Electrification Contracts
“On August 15 the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board formally signed contracts for Balfour Beatty to electrify the 82 km Caltrain rail corridor between San Francisco and San Jose and for Stadler to supply a fleet of double-deck electric multiple-units. “

Upcoming Events:

2016 MHSRA Annual Fall Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Marco Stegher, Americas Area Manager, Italferr S.p.A.

When:      Friday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30 AM)

Where:     Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Cost:         Regular Ticket: $55     Student Ticket: $20 

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Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625